There are a lot of terms for this type of thinking. A very popular one is rewilding. Yesterday in my interview with Reed Richard we discussed it as the concept of a biophilic approach to life. We are going to expand on that today because yesterday’s show really made me want to come at this from a different angle than we covered it from yesterday.
Our guest yesterday was very big on the spiritual side of this and on what can only be called an “alternative lifestyle”. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but the average person is simply not going to do it, not as a full on way of living at least.
The biophilic hypothesis is simply that that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. To me the fact that this is a hypothesis shows that science is in many ways disconnected from the reality it hopes to explain. If people were not naturally biophilic the garden industry alone would not be valued at over 300 billion a year in the US. The pet market would not be over 60 billion. We would not have zoos, parks, arboretums, etc. in every major city, etc.
Camping would not be one of the most popular pastimes in America. Nor would hunting or fishing. There would be no arbor day society, no Permaculture movement, no back to the land mentality that pops up generation after generation in America. There would not be a youtube channel on keeping tropical fish with over a million subscribers or one on fricken ants with 3.3 million. No I am not kidding either it is called AntsCanada. Old men like me would not remember Marlin Perkins so fondly and our now grown children would not remember how they felt when the Crocodile Hunter lost his life doing what he loved.
No one would know the name Jacques Cousteau or say Henry David Thoreau. The thousands of songs about nature would never have been written. National Geographic would not exist and parks like Sea World would not draw millions of visitors per year. I could go on but you get the point. It is no hypothesis that humans seek to bond with natural systems it is bluntly a fact as scientific as any could be. Yet at the same time we have become quite disconnected. Today we talk about ways to design nature back into our lives.
Join Me Today To Discuss….
- Quote of the Day – “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you”. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
- Why humans are a biophilic species
- How lawns as bad as they are prove we crave nature
- How our obsession with pets and live stock plays into this
- How this all fits with the Permaculture ethos of “the forest is the teacher”
- How we can bring more nature into our schools
- How we can bring more nature into our homes
- How we can bring more nature into our work places
- My thoughts on how space exploration may put us more deeply in touch with this concept
- Some things we do as homesteaders and how they are biophilic
- Soil based gardening
- Wilderness adventure, camping, hiking, etc.
- Fishing and Hunting
- Animal Husbandry
- In the end, do we even have a choice if this is innately human
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- The Stranger – Billy Joel
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